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John Wick: Chapter 3 Could Be Headed to Japan

John Wick: Chapter 3 is reportedly casting Japanese actors and may end up filming in Japan, among other locations around the world. The original John Wick wasn’t necessarily designed with the intention of kicking off a franchise, but that’s exactly what it wound up doing. Starring Keanu Reeves as the titular hitman, John Wick became a cult box office success through word of mouth and has since given rise to Vr first-person shooters and comic books, along with a movie sequel. John Wick: Chapter 2 was arguably even more of a critical darling than its predecessor and nearly doubled its gross in theaters worldwide, thus ensuring that a third installment will happen.
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Rakuten TV Empire Awards Interviews and Winners

It’s the final stop on the 2017 awards calendar, and with echoes of the hashtag chatter and acceptance speeches from the Globes, BAFTAs and Oscars still ringing in our ears the team at Empire rolled out their own red carpet this evening.

This is the eighth Empire Awards we have covered, and it’s always a fun event. With the awards voted for by the public it is chance for popular films to claim some awards glory, and the winners this year didn’t disappoint in their fan favourite status.

Star Wars: The Last Jedi took home the most awards, with winning turns in the Best Film, Best Director, Best Actress, Best Costume Design and Best Visual Effects categories. It was wonderful to see the success of God’s Own Country making its way from the critics and Academy members to the general public. Amma Asante was honoured with the Inspiration award,
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Mary J. Blige, Common, Sufjan Stevens, More to Perform at Academy Awards

Mary J. Blige, Common, Sufjan Stevens, More to Perform at Academy Awards
Gael García Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Natalia Lafourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle, Sufjan Stevens and Common will perform this year’s nominated songs at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced today.

“We’re excited to have these talented artists showcase the powerful contribution music makes to filmmaking,” De Luca and Todd said. “It’s a privilege to welcome them to the 90th Oscars stage.”

Bernal, Lafourcade and Miguel will perform the Oscar-nominated song “Remember Me” from “Coco,” which features music and lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Blige will perform “Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” the Oscar-nominated song she co-wrote with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson. Blige is also Oscar-nominated this year for Actress in a Supporting Role for “Mudbound.” She is the first person to be nominated for both a performance and original song in the same year.

Common and Andra Day will perform his Oscar-nominated song “Stand
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Mary J. Blige, Common, Sufjan Stevens, More to Perform at Academy Awards

Mary J. Blige, Common, Sufjan Stevens, More to Perform at Academy Awards
Gael García Bernal, Mary J. Blige, Andra Day, Natalia Lafourcade, Miguel, Keala Settle, Sufjan Stevens and Common will perform this year’s nominated songs at the 90th Academy Awards ceremony, show producers Michael De Luca and Jennifer Todd announced today.

“We’re excited to have these talented artists showcase the powerful contribution music makes to filmmaking,” De Luca and Todd said. “It’s a privilege to welcome them to the 90th Oscars stage.”

Bernal, Lafourcade and Miguel will perform the Oscar-nominated song “Remember Me” from “Coco,” which features music and lyric by Kristen Anderson-Lopez and Robert Lopez.

Blige will perform “Mighty River” from “Mudbound,” the Oscar-nominated song she co-wrote with Raphael Saadiq and Taura Stinson. Blige is also Oscar-nominated this year for Actress in a Supporting Role for “Mudbound.” She is the first person to be nominated for both a performance and original song in the same year.

Common and Andra Day will perform his Oscar-nominated song “Stand
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John Wick 3 Will Begin Shooting Earlier Than Expected

John Wick is gearing up for more action very soon. According to a new report, John Wick 3 is set to begin filming this April. It's unclear at the present time where filming will initially commence, but the movie is expected to film in various locations during production, including New York City, Montreal and possibly Russia and Spain. The movie is in pre-production right now, with director Chad Stahelski, who co-directed the first John Wick and went solo for John Wick: Chapter 2, returning to helm the final installment of the trilogy. Though it was initially believed to be shooting on March 1, that got pushed out, now the production table is being pulled back in.

As it stands, the plot for John Wick: Chapter 3 is being kept under wraps and it's not difficult to imagine that the creative team will want to keep it that way for as long as possible.
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‘Blade Runner 2049’ Weathers Challenge from ‘Geostorm’ on Disc Sales Charts

Warner Bros. Home Entertainment’s “Blade Runner 2049” remained the week’s top-selling DVD and Blu-ray Disc for the second week, according to Npd VideoScan research for the week ended Jan. 27.

The long-delayed sequel to 1982’s “Blade Runner,” with a domestic box office gross of $92 million, remained No. 1 on both Npd VideoScan’s overall disc sales chart, which tracks combined DVD and Blu-ray Disc sales, and the dedicated Blu-ray Disc sales chart.

On the combined disc sales chart, two newcomers took the No. 2 and No. 3 positions. Another Warner title, the disaster actioner “Geostorm” ($33.7 million U.S. box office), finished a close second, selling 99.6% as many copies as “Blade Runner 2049,” Npd says.

And bowing at No. 3 on the combined chart was Lionsgate’s “Jigsaw” ($38 million box office), the latest in the “Saw” torture-horror franchise.

On the Blu-ray Disc sales chart, “Geostorm” and “Jigsaw” bowed at No. 3 and No. 4, with yet another Warner title, the war drama
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Movie Review – Kickboxer: Retaliation (2018)

Kickboxer: Retaliation, 2018.

Directed by Dimitri Logothetis.

Starring Jean-Claude Van Damme, Alain Moussi, Christopher Lambert, Mike Tyson, Sara Malakul Lane, Hafþór Júlíus Björnsson, and Ronaldinho Gaúcho.

Synopsis

After the events of Kickboxer: Vengeance, Kurt Sloane is captured and imprisoned by Thomas Moore (Lambert). Now back in Thailand, Sloane must fight Moore’s champion, a 6ft 8, 400 pound behemoth. At first Sloane refuses, but Moore finds the means to convince him.

A couple of years back saw the release of Kickboxer: Vengeance. Essentially a reboot/remake of the Jean-Claude Van Damme original, the film (with Jcvd taking on the role of mentor) starred Alain Moussi (previously, largely known as a stunt man) and Dave Bautista. Having been rife with production problems, the film was a huge mess. A pale imitator of the original with a whole host of problems. It was awful. Before it had even been released, the follow up Retaliation, was
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Lionsgate Stock Jumps on Takeover Speculation

Lionsgate stock jumped nearly 7% to an all-time high closing price on Thursday on speculation that it could be a takeover target.

Shares of the studio rose $2.22 to $34.50 following a report that potential buyers include Amazon, Verizon, and a combined CBS-Viacom. Lionsgate did not immediately respond to a request for comment.

The takeover rumors have emerged amid Wall Street’s expectation for more consolidation among major media and entertainment companies — particularly since Disney’s announcement of a $52.4 billion deal to buy 21st Century Fox assets.

Additionally, speculation is being fueled further by Apple’s reveal on Wednesday that it will bring back the vast majority of the $252 billion in cash that it held abroad under the provisions of the new tax code that President Donald Trump signed into law last month. Other tech giants like Microsoft are expected to follow suit.

Under a CBS-Viacom-Lionsgate combination, the movie businesses would give the new company enough scale to compete
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‘Gemini Man’ Adds Mary Elizabeth Winstead, ‘John Wick 2’ Stunt Coordinator

‘Gemini Man’ Adds Mary Elizabeth Winstead, ‘John Wick 2’ Stunt Coordinator
Gemini Man has found its female lead. Mary Elizabeth Winstead, who recently delivered fantastic back-to-back performances with 2016’s 10 Cloverfield Lane and last year’s season of Fargo, has joined Ang Lee‘s science-fiction thriller. And on the production side, Gemini Man has landed John Wick: Chapter 2 stunt coordinator J.J. Perry. Even though the film will be heavily reliant on de-aging technology for star Will Smith […]

The post ‘Gemini Man’ Adds Mary Elizabeth Winstead, ‘John Wick 2’ Stunt Coordinator appeared first on /Film.
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John Wick 3 Will Reportedly Bring Back Fishburne, Ruby Rose & More

The third film in the John Wick franchise reportedly has a director and an expected start date for principal photography. What’s more, several cast members from the past films may return for the latest chapter.

According to That Hashtag Show, Chad Stahelski — who co-directed John Wick: Chapter 1 with David Leitch and helmed John Wick: Chapter 2 — will return to direct the third installment in the franchise. Lawrence Fishburne, Common and Ruby Rose will allegedly return as well, reprising their roles as the Bowery King, Cassian and Ares respectively.
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Vote Now! The 2017 Cinelinx Movie Awards Nominees

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2017 is now behind us, and to celebrate the achievements in film over the last 12 months, Cinelinx presents our nominees for our 2017 Movie Awards. We need the help of you fellow cinephiles, however, in order to decide the winners, so come inside to check out the nominees and vote on your picks!

2018 has arrived, and although there are a lot of exciting films on the horizon, it is important to reflect upon all the accomplishments in film from last year. For this reason, we are proud to present the categories and nominees for the 2017 Cinelinx Movie Awards (“The Linxies”). This will be our third year of handing out these special awards and with your help we can make it something really fun and special. Listed below are the categories we’ve chosen to highlight all of the hard work that goes into movies. These categories are organized to reflect our review system.
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John Wick TV show: more details emerge

David Crow Kirsten Howard Jan 16, 2018

A few bits of new info on the John Wick TV series, The Continental, have sprung forth. Ian McShane is in talks to reprise his role...

How far can a delightful joke be stretched? We’re about to find out, because the amusing five-star hotel in John Wick, which grew into being a whole underground franchise with its own governing bylaws and multiple, unique-to-assassins currencies by John Wick: Chapter 2, is about to be the basis of its own TV show!

See related Britannia: a mad trip through British history and myth 28 British TV dramas to watch in 2018

Yep, we're all set to check into The Continental on Starz (UK broadcaster Tbc, but we'd confidently bet a quid or two that it'll be Amazon Prime), and now we have a few very intriguing extra tidbits via Slashfilm, who scored a post-announcement interview with the network's President of Original Programming,
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Proud Mary Review: Taraji P. Henson Shines in Routine Action Flick

Proud Mary is an entertaining enough thriller with some flare from director Babak Najafi, but works best as Taraji P. Henson’s action vehicle.

Proud Mary is the latest movie following a leading character with a particular set of skills who’s essentially a one-man army – or, in this case, a one-woman army. Films like John Wick, its sequel John Wick: Chapter 2, and The Commuter all put their own spin on this kind of action movie in recent years, with 2017’s Atomic Blonde set within this genre as well, albeit with a backdrop of ’80s espionage and a female lead. Proud Mary is very much a one-man army brand of action film, but it’s set in modern day Boston with a black female lead. Shifting the focus to a female hero helps to distinguish Proud Mary from the other films included in the genre that have been released in recent years.
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John Wick TV Show The Continental Green-Lit By Starz

The John Wick TV show The Continental is officially happening at Starz. In an age of cinematic universes where franchises and IPs shine brightest, the resurgence of Keanu Reeves’ career in John Wick was a welcomed entry in theaters. The ultra-violent film saw Wick brought back into the assassin game following a series of unfortunate and traumatizing events. John Wick became a huge hit, so much so that John Wick: Chapter 2 hit theaters last year, and John Wick: Chapter 3 is now gearing up to start filming very soon.
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John Wick 3 Working Title Revealed as Production Start Nears

It was revealed late last year that John Wick 3 was in the pre-production process and that casting would be taking place soon. Now, a new report has revealed that the third installment in the franchise has a working title of Alpha Cop. The incredibly popular John Wick series was a surprise hit for Keanu Reeves. Following the box-office success of John Wick: Chapter 2, which made nearly $170 million on just a $40 million budget, it was quickly announced by director Chad Stahelski that a third installment was in the works. Fans have been waiting for more information about the third installment and it now looks like things are progressing right on schedule.

Omega Underground reports that John Wick 3 currently has a working title of Alpha Cop after announcing last month that the movie was in pre-production with Chad Stahelski acting as the "self-proclaimed" prep director. It hasn't been officially announced if
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Cinemaholics #46: The Top 10 Movies Of 2017

New year, new episode of Cinemaholics!

This week, we’re taking an extended look back at the best movies of 2017, along with some discussion about the year’s overall box office, movies that disappointed us the most, and theater experiences that surprised the heck out of us.

Additionally, we also list off our own Top 10s, so expect plenty of overlap and a clear favorite between all of us. For those of you who want it in writing, here it is:

Will Ashton’s Top 10 of 2017:

1. Brigsby Bear

2. The Shape of Water

3. Raw

4. Lady Bird

5. The Florida Project

6. Jim & Andy: The Great Beyond

7. mother!

8. I Don’t Feel at Home in this World Anymore

9. Good Time

10. The Killing of a Sacred Deer

Jon Negroni’s Top 10 of 2017:

1. Baby Driver

2. Bad Genius

3. Blade Runner 2049

4. The Florida Project

5. Brigsby Bear

6. Coco

7. Lady Bird

8. The Shape of Water

9. The Big Sick
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Mike Mazzanti’s Top 10 Films of 2017

2017 was a year of tectonic personal shifts; I graduated college, moved out of my first apartment, and left the suburbs of my Pennsylvanian hometown for the city of Nanjing. Amidst the whirlwind of change, one steadfast constant providing a vital anchor of familiarity was cinema. This year, I was captivated by a litany of cinematic trails, from explorations through cinema’s roots to the excited study of digital auterists, or the father-son Sunday afternoon double-feature of now-ness provided by Logan Lucky and Good Time a few days before shipping off to the East. For me, cinema remains not a source of escape, but of essential existence. Through this, my top pick is a film that calls lovingly back to cinema’s roots while still stunning with modern beauty. In short, this list is very subjective — but then, of course it is.

Honorable Mentions

10. Alien: Covenant (Ridley Scott)

Deep existential dread bathed in viscera,
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Relive 2017 With This Epic Movie Mashup Featuring Hundreds Of Movies

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Another year, another dose of blockbuster movie action. Related: The Best News Bloopers Of 2017 2017 gifted fans incredible films, with numerous entries featuring talented Canadians like Keanu Reeves (“John Wick: Chapter 2”), Ryan Reynolds (“The Hitman’s Bodyguard”) and director Denis Villeneuve (“Blade Runner 2049”). Celebrating hundreds of movies released over the past 12 months, JoBlo editor Nick […]
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Disney Becomes Box Office Champ for Second Year in Row

Disney Becomes Box Office Champ for Second Year in Row
For the second year in a row, Disney has nabbed the domestic box office crown, with $2.27 billion already banked in 2017 thanks to its one-two punch of “Star Wars: The Last Jedi” and “Beauty and the Beast.”

As of Dec. 25, Disney had a 21.3% market share compared with Warner Bros. at 18.9% and $2.02 billion, according to box office tracker comScore. That gap will widen during the final days of 2017, with “The Last Jedi” dominating moviegoing.

The two studios also finished first and second in 2016, when Disney took in $2.85 billion and Warner Bros. followed with $1.88 billion. And in both years, Disney released far fewer titles than other Hollywood studios with 16 in 2016 and only 12 this year, led by its live-action “Beauty and the Beast” reboot, which remains the top domestic grosser of the year with $504 million.

Disney-Marvel’s “Guardians of the Galaxy Vol. 2” was the studio’s third-highest earner with $389.8 million, “Thor: Ragnarok” with $309.1 million, “Pirates of the Caribbean: Dead Men Tell No Tales” with $172.6 million
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Online Critics Top Ten: Get Out voted Best Film of 2017 by online community

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Author: Amon Warmann

In 2015, Mad Max: Fury Road won our HeyUGuys poll by One Vote. That’s a scenario we never thought would play out again, but this year’s race was again tightly contested with two films battling it out for the number 1 spot; Dunkirk and Get Out.

It wasn’t until the last of the 187 entries was counted that we had a winner, and in the end it was Jordan Peele’s directorial debut – which 93 writers had in their top 10 lists – that won out over Christopher Nolan’s war epic. It’s official – Get Out is the best movie of 2017.

Check out the full breakdown below… and click here to see the winners from previous years.

The Top Ten 1. Get Out – 93 votes

2. Dunkirk – 92 votes

3. La La Land – 69 votes

4. Blade Runner 2049 – 63 votes

5. Paddington 2 – 62 votes

6. Moonlight – 59 votes

7. Logan – 54 votes

8. Star Wars: The Last Jedi – 52 votes

9. Call Me By Your Name
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